International Day of Mourning

Reported by Haydee | 15 Apr, 2013

Photo: WorkCover NSW Each year, countries around the world remember workers who have died from a workplace incident or occupational disease. WorkCover and Unions NSW conduct a service on the day in Darling Harbour’s Reflection Park to remember those who have lost their life at work. Families and friends of workers who have died from …

Union pressing for changes to workplace laws on bullying

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jul, 2012

Unions NSW is pressing for an expansion of the list of risk factors for workplace bullying to include work overload, systems changes, exposure to violence and fatigue, and bad safety practice. The Herald Sun reported that the union is seeking mandatory reporting of psychological injuries and funding for a national bullying helpline. In Unions NSW’s …

Train drivers, prison guards and firefighters oppose urine drug tests

Reported by Haydee | 02 Apr, 2012

Prison guards, firefighters and train drivers are appealing to the state government not to force them to submit to urine tests after the Fair Work Australia decision last week decided that the practice was “unjust and unreasonable.” According to a Herald report, Fair Work Australia ruled that urine tests should not be done to employees …

Unions ban work on asbestos-contaminated site

Reported by Haydee | 30 Mar, 2012

Unions have decided to ban work at a factory site in Sydney’s west which is allegedly riddled with asbestos. AAP reports that German firm Remondis has suggested creating a waste treatment plant on the site at Camellia, near Parramatta. Nonetheless, Unions NSW voted last night for an interim green ban on work on the site. …